I Drop Things: Fields without Fences, Part Five -
If you like fiction that deals with space, this series has been great so far. Can’t really go wrong with space squid.
Just because orcas are AWESOME.
Q: Out of all the people you’ve met in your life, how many could you spend the rest of your… http://wp.me/s3yoml-241
The tools of optogenetics, which are transforming neuroscience, were used to locate and chemically label neurons, as well as make them susceptible to activation by blue light transmitted by a fiber optic cable. With these techniques the researchers were able to identify and label which neurons were involved in forming the initial memory of the first environment, and to reactivate the labeled cells a day later with light. Dr. Tonegawa said that because the mechanisms of memory formation are almost certainly similar in mice and humans, part of the importance of the research is “to make people realize even more than before how unreliable human memory is,” particularly in criminal cases when so much is at stake. That unreliability, he said, prompts a question about evolution: “Why is our brain made in such a way that we form false memories?” No one knows, he said, but he wonders if it has to do with the creativity that allows humans to envision possible events and combinations of real and imagined events in great detail. That rich internal experience fuels work in the arts and sciences and other creative activities, he said. “Unless you have that kind of ability, there is no civilization,” he said. But it could also provide raw material for false memories — a possible “tradeoff for this tremendous benefit.” — Scientists Trace Memories of Things That Never Happened - NYTimes.com
25 Pictures That Will Make You Believe In True Love -
Just click it. You’ll be happy you did, if you’re a major fan of sappy things like moi.
women are the best stalkers — How One Girl Hunted Down Matt Damon in Morocco